Friday, August 12, 2016

The Announcement No One Wants to Write

This is Brian, with the post I never wanted to write.

Alison died peacefully this morning, as I kissed her and stroked her cheek.  Her parents and older brother were here and were able to say goodbye.

Arrangements will be announced at a later time.  Services for Alison will take place in Charleston.

I thank all those who have loved and cared for Alison and Maybelle over the years.  I am grateful to have been a part of the life of this beautiful, loving, talented woman who has forever transformed my life.

18 comments:

  1. Sending love and prayers to you, Maybelle, and all of your extended family. - Wendy Cory

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    1. Thank you, Wendy, from all the Piepmeier-McGee family.

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  2. Sending the warmest of wishes to you all... Alison ignited the world and will no doubt ignite the heavens x

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    1. We have no doubt of that, Jane. Thank you.

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  3. Deepest condolences to you and Maybelle. I expect you're besieged by offers of assistance, so no rush in responding to this. But,... anything I can do?

    My areas of deepest knowledge are children's books, music, & writing. For example, if you need recommendations for Maybelle (depending on her interests), I'd be glad to send some ideas and/or the books themselves. Regarding music, well, that, too, would depend on your interests. I frequently send friends compilations on a theme. Alison knew many people who could write and edit, but that's also part of my (admittedly modest) skill set.

    Anyway. Of things to offer long-distance, that's all that's coming to mind.

    Mostly, though, sending sympathy to you, Maybelle, and all of the family. Hang in there.

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    1. Much appreciated, Philip. Your good wishes are appreciated by all of us.

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  4. We lit a candle http://www.fieldofcandles.com/Candle/Profile/54468 for ‪‎Alison‬. ‪#Light a candle‬ for her, too.

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  5. Love you all... Thank you for your generosity and love towards all of us strangers and our friend.....
    Lisa Lambert Nicholson

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  6. Oh, Alison's family. She was so wonderful, and I know the people who made her are too, and the people she chose, and the beautiful person she made. You are all in our thoughts.

    When I first read this news, I just said, "Fuck. Fuck this unjust world." But then I thought about everything Alison did to make it more just. And she did twice as much as the rest of us in half the time. I'll be thinking of her as I keep trying to live up to her example. Love, Amanda Kinard (grad school friend and fellow romance novel fan) and family

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  7. I am heartbroken to read this news even though it was expected. I only found Alison's writings recently and was so moved by her. My deepest sympathies to all who knew and loved her from the far north coast of California.

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  8. The world has lost a most amazing person, but the world was also left better because of her place in it. She will be missed by so very many people. My condolences to you, Maybelle, and Alison's family.

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  9. I will miss you so much. My love to your family, and especially Maybelle. Our friendship meant the world to me.

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